Andrew Mohanraj Chandrasekaran
Scientific Committee Members
Psychiatrist . Director . WFMH.
BiographyDr Andrew Mohanraj served the Ministry of Health Malaysia for 12 years before taking up an international assignment after the Asian Tsunami of 2004. As a Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Development Adviser ,he has done pioneering work in the establishment of sustainable psychosocial rehabilitation services in Indonesia (post disaster, post conflict) , The Philippines(post disaster) and Timor Leste (post conflict) . His main achievement in these countries was the campaign of removing physical restraints in people with chronic mental illness.
In 2012, Dr. Andrew Mohanraj returned to Malaysia under the Return of the Expert Programme by Talent Corporation, a unit under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department. He subsequently joined Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine (in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medical School , Baltimore) as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and its first Director of Clinical Clerkship.
He continues his consultancy work for local and international government and non-government organisations , Dr Mohanraj also served two terms as a member of the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council to the Minister of Health Malaysia. In 2013, in recognition of Dr. Andrew Mohanraj’s international work in the promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), he was appointed by the then Acting Minister for Community Development as a member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, in which he served two terms consecutively.
Besides running his psychiatric practice in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, he is engaged in periodic consultancy to provide mental health services to refugees and asylum seekers whose intended destination is Australia.
He is also actively involved in the mainstreaming of mental health issues in Malaysia as the President of the Malaysian Mental Health Association and Policy Advisor to the Green Ribbon Group Malaysia. He also begins his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH).
He has also taken up an academic position as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Taylor's University Medical School , Malaysia . As an animal lover and an advocate for animal rights, he has recently taken up the challenge of assuming the post of President of the recently registered Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Malaysia.
Beginning 16th July 2021, Dr Andrew Mohanraj has taken up a consultancy with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consultant.